I am lucky enough to live in Glastonbury,
where the Symposium is held every year,
and has been since 1990.
Then in the Blue Note Cafe, now much bigger in the Town Hall,
the Symposium attracts researchers and thinkers
from all over the world.
Some do the speeches, and some sit in the audience,
but all who attend are fascinating!
People come to speak about consciousness, truth, sacred and ancient sites, Egyptology, UFOs, healing, psychic phenomena, astrology, politics, crop circles, and so much else besides.
I went to see 4 speakers this year, here's a summary for you:
Marja De Vries
Author of the book ''The Whole Elephant Revealed'', Marja described in astonishing detail (for only a one hour talk), the 7 principles of the Universal Laws. These are laws found in many of the wisdom traditions today, in religious and spiritual groups, and increasingly during the last 20-30 years, in science. The laws include The Law of Oneness (we are all of one source and will go back to that source), The Law of Correspondence (we live in a layered Universe of different realities), The Law of Vibration (everything vibrates at different frequencies. This law includes The Law of Love, The Law of Attraction and The Law of Surrender), The Law of Polarity (everything is relative to one's perspective), The Law of Written (nothing is random), and the Law of Feminine Balance.
This last one fascinated me... basically we have an 'imbalance' on Earth at the moment because the masculine (outer) energy is overpowering the feminine (inner) energy. Many would say that for harmony to ensue we must have equal masculine-feminine energies. But it appears that actually we need to be 'balanced' towards the feminine. Much like the breaks on a car must be able to overpower the speed in order for harmony to be reached, so the feminine must be able to 'put the breaks on' the masculine, otherwise chaos happens!
What Marja did for me was to put together all the things that spiritual people say into one long list that actually made sense, gave all the scientific evidence for all these things too, and put it all in order for the average spiritual numb-nut like me to understand. It blew my mind, can't wait to read the book!
Nancy had an experience with a statue of the ancient Egyptian lion-headed Goddess, Sekhmet, at the British Museum. She came across the statue and felt as though she had met a friend from long ago: deep recognition, excitement and a sense of belonging came over her. She couldn't stop crying. This led her on a journey of discovery, in which she found that she was not the only woman to have had these experiences. Visiting a Sekhmet statue at Karnak temple near Luxor, she found the only known 'living' Egyptian statue, and found footage people had recorded of orbs, flashing lights and sound surrounding it.
Now many may be sceptical of this, but I am not, because of one thing that Sekhmet represents: the destruction of those who destroy, an energy with which I can very well relate. I realised that what Nancy had felt that day was not that dis-similar from my watching the recent movie Wonderwoman (about the Amazon Goddess Diana). I felt like I recognised this powerful destroyer of destroyers on the screen in front of me, and, like Nancy, I could not stop crying. The energy of these Goddesses (and many other similar representations, such as the Hindu Kali and the Celtic Morrigan) is coming to light in many shapes and forms, and I believe this is the energy that the world most needs now. To find that destructive force that will do anything and everything to protect what it loves.
Do you think it a co-incidence that in the last few years more Sekhmet statues have been found than in the whole of Egyptian archaeological history? I think not.
Dr Scilla Elworthy
Wow, what a woman!! 3 times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, she worked with Peter Gabriel, Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to create a group of 'Global Elders', an independent group who work for peace and human rights. She told us some shocking statistics about the amount of money spent on war compared with how much is spent on peace, and how there are more refugees now than there ever have been. With all this money spent on war, why is the situation worsening? Surely something major has to shift.
Scilla now works closely with young people to encourage them to do something about it. She often gets asked, where do I start? And so she asked us to do an exercise with our neighbour to answer that question for ourselves. You can try it now... first ask yourself: ''what is it that breaks my heart?'' (to which I replied ''the mindless destruction of nature''- you take a few moments to feel into your heart what it is that really angers, upsets, or motivates you). The second question is: ''what are my skills?'' (to which I replied, writing and speaking: I told my neighbour that one day I will be where Scilla is now, encouraging people to act!).
Once you have the answers to both these questions, isn't it simple? You know what you want to work on and which skills you can put to it: so go and do it!
And look out for Scilla's book: ''Pioneering the Possible.''
Dr David Hamilton
David Hamilton used to be a pharmaceutical doctor, and during his work became fascinated by the placebo effect. He left his job to instead research into how the mind can cure the body. His speech at the Symposium, which in many ways resembled a stand-up comedy sketch (David is a Scotsman, and extremely charismatic), went into great detail about many people who had cured themselves of many diseases through the power of the mind. He absolutely advocates for using visualisation alongside any medicines you are prescribed (holistic or mainstream): he said to use both will have the maximum affect. Medicine always works better when we believe it works. We could take the same medicine, think it won't work, and it will have a much lesser effect.
His tip with the visualisation is to imagine the journey from illness to wellness. He gave an example of a woman who visualised her cancer away by asked the smiley-faced cancer cells to please leave now, but thank you for coming. They all got on a bus and she waved them goodbye. And it worked: the woman fully recovered from her tumour. Her friends were telling her to visualise blasting the cells with a gun, but she didn't want any violence in her body. Of course the lady used other methods to cure her cancer besides visualisation, but her belief in a peaceful recovery went a long way to achieving it. If you are going to try this method at all, remember the three rules of visualisation healing: repetition, repetition and repetition!
David has done a lot of work with kindness and the healing affects of love. He presents his findings in an accessible, scientific, difficult to argue with kind of way! I highly recommend you pay attention to what he has to say.
So yes, 4 incredible talks, and each of them had a lot more to say besides my quick summary,
so here are some links for further info:
Marja de Vries: